Day 283 – October 11
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Forgiveness is one of the hardest things to practice well and to be consistent in. All of us have had moments of motivation to forgive someone, but to forgive like Christ forgave us and to operate in Christ, forgiveness must shift from what we do to who we are. All of the sins listed in Ephesians 4 begin to disappear and the fruits of the spirit begin to happen as a result of the change God makes in our hearts day after day. If we got saved a long time ago and Jesus is someone we think about on Sunday mornings for an hour, we will probably operate in our old selves and try to “knock the rust off” on Sundays. But if we begin to realize Sundays are to encourage and grow together in what we’ve done during the week because of who He’s made us to be, as forgivers we will pour out grace because grace is what we operate our lives from. Whenever we forget the amazing grace of our Lord, we immediately fall victim to all kinds of sins and the root of bitterness springs up in our lives. It is impossible to be a forgiver with the root of bitterness still intact. Cut it off, look at Jesus, and be who He made you to be!
We’re more than conquerors in Christ.